The Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Act 2019 (Vic) (VIRTIPS Act) establishes the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal (Tribunal). The Tribunal has the functions and powers to inquire into and make Determinations in relation to the salaries and allowances of Members of the Parliament of Victoria (MPs), remuneration bands for executives in the Victorian public sector, and the values of the allowances provided to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors in local government.

Pursuant to section 17 of the VIRTIPS Act, on 16 September 2019 the Tribunal issued its Members of Parliament (Victoria) Determination 01/2019. This comprehensive Determination set the values of the following salaries and allowances for MPs — the basic salary, additional salaries, work-related parliamentary allowances and Electorate Office and Communications Budget.

Section 18 of the VIRTIPS Act requires the Tribunal to make a Determination providing for an annual adjustment to the values set in the current Determination under section 17 of the VIRTIPS Act. However, the Tribunal must not make such a Determination if a Determination has been made under section 17 in the preceding period of 9 months.

The Tribunal is required to include in a Determination, a Statement of Reasons for the making of the Determination. This Statement of Reasons relates to the Tribunal’s Determination dealing with the first annual adjustment to the values of the salaries and allowances provided to MPs.

The structure of the Statement of Reasons reflects the requirements of the VIRTIPS Act. Chapter 1 sets out the context to the Determination. Chapter 2 details the economic considerations relevant to the Determination. Chapter 3 details the Tribunal’s considerations in determining that there should be no change to the values of the salaries and allowances provided to MPs at this time.

Reviewed 29 June 2020

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